Are you looking for a long-term pain solution for your
arthritis that doesn’t have serious side effects? Consider laser therapy for
your arthritis pain; it’s non-invasive, very effective, and provides relief
Laser therapy is a concentrated light therapy that
penetrates your skin and goes into your body, where the light is then absorbed
by your cells and used for energy. Think of how a plant absorbs sunlight and
uses it to grow… the laser light has nearly the same effect inside your cells.
They absorb it and at a cellular level, it increases their ability to
regenerate and heal.
Laser therapy is considered “experimental” by many in the
medical field, but doctors who use them (and their patients who get relief!)
know that they work, and often within just a visit or two. The two most popular
lasers used for arthritis pain are cold lasers, or low level lasers, and Class
4 lasers, or high powered lasers. A cold laser, or a low level laser, has been
around for awhile, and you’re more likely to see these in doctors’ offices, although
the Class 4 lasers are gaining in popularity because they work extremely well
and very quickly.
Both types of lasers work the same way; the differences
between them is how far into the body the light can get and the type of light
used. A Class 4 laser can reach deep into the knee joint, or down into the deep
structures of the spine, where a low level laser can reach superficial muscles
and joints like those in the hands. Some lasers use light in the blue or
ultraviolet spectrum, and some use red or infrared light.
Some people say that they have relief immediately after
their laser treatment. The laser causes a cascade of healing effects to happen,
including an increase in blood flow to the injured area, a decrease in
inflammation and swelling (this may account for the immediate relief felt by
some people), increases in healing chemicals and cells to the injury, and
drainage of fluids within the joint or muscles. Over time and with each laser
treatment, the injury heals a little more.
Depending on the severity of your arthritis pain, laser
therapy may provide temporary relief of days or weeks. Some people get laser
therapy at regularly scheduled intervals because it keeps them virtually pain
Laser therapy works best for arthritis pain when the joints
have not yet worn completely out. If the bones are rubbing together and all of
the cushioning between them is gone, you may still get temporary relief. If the
joint damage is minimal, you are a good candidate to become nearly pain free
after laser treatment.
Let me share with you a story of a laser patient of mine who
came in as a last resort before spine surgery, we’ll call him Mark (not his
real name). Mark had been injured a few years before coming into my office and
had herniated a disc in his low back. His doctor wanted to do surgery on it,
but Mark wanted to wait. Mark knew that surgery was risky and had a 50% chance
of working at best. He also knew that the longer he waited to have the surgery,
the more likely a new technique would be invented that would increase the
chances of surgery being successful.
Mark had completely changed his life because of his injury.
He couldn’t do his hobbies anymore, as he had to protect his back. He couldn’t
exercise, he couldn’t perform any physical work, and he had to be extremely
careful with his daily activities. He felt like he couldn’t do anything he
wanted to do for fear of hurting himself. He was taking painkillers and
anti-inflammatories daily, and was concerned about the potential risks of the
A friend of his referred Mark to me, since I have a Class 4
Infrared laser.He already had his
surgery scheduled for 6 weeks out, and was trying to do anything to keep from
having it. He told me up front, “I don’t believe this is going to work, but
I’ll do anything to stay out of surgery.”
His pain dropped about 20% after his first laser treatment.
Within three weeks, he was completely off medications, pain free, and he
canceled his surgery. Over the course of several months of chiropractic care
and the occasional follow up laser therapy, Mark regained his ability to
exercise and do the things he loved. He also said he wasn’t “afraid to move
Results like this are pretty typical. If you are suffering
from arthritis pain, find out about laser therapy. It may be just the treatment
you are looking for.
Dr. Andrea Mills
practices in Southern California. She specializes in chronic pain and difficult
to treat cases, taking a multi-faceted approach to help people get better. She
combines cutting edge technology and age old healing principles to help her
patients get relief. She has a website dedicated to natural arthritis relief,
and you can learn more by visiting www.Natural-Arthritis-Relief.com.